Side Dishes

Venezuelan Black Beans and Rice

Mixing rice and beans together makes a nice pilaf dish.  
Make lots, as this is a great filling for wraps made for tomorrow's lunch!
Note that there are no health needs to eat rice and beans together, as we get all the amino acids needed from the protein in whole plant foods when consumed throughout the day and week.

 

Ethiopian Red Lentils

 
This dish exemplifies how the plant-based diet can expand the standard Western palette with exotic ethnic tastes! 
 
 
Lovely pinkish red lentils don’t hold their shape when cooked and become thick and saucy, like a thick soup or stew. 
 
 
 

Cuban Black Beans, (and basic bean-cooking instructions)

A very basic bean recipe -try it with any other variety.  This is how you cook dried beans.  
 
Soaking and then draining beans reduces the undigestible sugars (oligosaccharides) that may lead to gas buildup in our lower intestines, potentially resulting in flatulence. Honestly, this lessens the more we have beans in our daily diet.  If beans are new to your diet, add them into your daily routine incrementally.
 

Basket of Jewels

 
Put a bunch of vegetables in a steamer, add a sauce and Voilà - Dinner! 
 

Creamy Ranch

This traditional American dressing can be used as a dressing or a dip, depending on the amount of water added

Cuban Black Beans

​A basic bean recipe that can be dressed up with spices when you are ready to make it your very own.

Corn Cakes... and a Lesson in Oil-Free Cooking

These savory cakes are filling as well as versitile.  It's such a simple kid-pleaser that it became a regular in my home.  
This dish is a wholesome take on a traditional South American dish found in many countries.  Top with salsa for a Mexican flavor, plain for an traditional American side dish, or dill dressing for a Southwest ranch flavor.
The key to gently frying without oil here is a low heat and a bit of patience. 

Rice, Brown - How to Make it The Old-Fashioned Way

Forget white rice - try the many variations of whole, brown rice including Jasmine or Basmati, and get yourself used to the nutty, rich variations of filling, wholesome rice.
Brown rice has had only the hull removed leaving the bran and germ intact, resulting in more fiber and nutrients, but increased cooking time.
Your body can recognize and utilize carbohydrates efficiently in the original, whole package with all the fiber, minerals and nutrients you need for optimum utilization.

Whatever Works Stir-Fry; and a Lesson in Oil-Free Cooking

Creating a simple stir-fry is a basic skill for convenient, simple plant-based cooking.  Use this recipe to get your daily greens in, use up whatever you have in the fridge that needs eating, and use this recipe as a lesson in stir-frying without oil as well!

Cauliflower au Gratin

A creamy casserole topped with whole-grain bread crumbs to satisfy even those used to cheese sauces. 

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